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This is what a major city route will look like after a massive overhaul

A major city road is due for a total overhaul as the city struggles to accommodate rising numbers of..

By admin , in Cambridge , at February 21, 2018

A major city road is due for a total overhaul as the city struggles to accommodate rising numbers of people accessing the city centre.

Histon Road, one of Cambridge’s major commuter arteries, cuts through Arbury, starting at the top of Castle Hill and extending out of the city towards the A14. It is now in line for a £6 million revamp, with new junctions, bus lanes and cycle routes planned to make travel in the area more efficient.

The project is part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (formerly City Deal) push to make sure Cambridge can cope with the growth it is expected to experience in the coming years.

A similar scheme to transform Milton Road led to a catalogue of problems as residents and transport campaigners opposed the widening of the road, the potential loss of trees and schemes residents feared would end up harming the character of the area.

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GCP bosses have since pledged to avoid the kind of problems that beset the Milton Road project when improving Histon Road. The GCP assembly will meet next week (February 28) to discuss the “final concept” for Histon Road before the public is consulted on the plans in the spring.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, who sits on the GCP board, said the scheme would “stick within the existing footprint” of the road and would not need people’s gardens to be built on. The scheme is estimated to cost £6 million, but Cllr Herbert said it was important to spend money to get the project right.

What ideas are on the table?

Victoria Road / Huntingdon road junction

• Improved cycle provision at all junction approaches including off-road provision at the junction of Histon/Victoria road.

• Removal of residents parking on Histon Road to enable advisory cycle lane on each side of

the road.

• Floating bus stop for northbound movement.

• Proposed parallel crossing of Histon Road in close proximity to the bus stop.

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Linden Close – Gilbert Close

• Relocation of pay and display bays – it is currently proposed to move these to Linden Close.

• Advisory cycle lanes progress into segregated lanes (Cambridge Kerb) as the road widens. A fully segregated option through Gilbert Road junction, with on-road provision retained for commuters.

• Various landscaping opportunities in this stretch and retention of the line of trees to the north of the Gilbert Road Junction.

Gilbert Close – Blackhall Road

• 3.0m Inbound bus lane from Blackhall Road to just after Carisbrooke Road.

• Approx 1.8m wide footpaths – 1.4m in pinch points.

• 1.5m wide inbound cycle lane adjacent to bus lane.

• Approx 2m wide outbound cycle lane, 1.6m in pinch points.

• Several landscaping opportunities in this stretch but net loss of highway trees.

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Darwin Green Junction – to be delivered by developer

Kings Hedges – A14 stretch

• Slight modification of the kerb lines to enable a wider cycle lane and better definition of the

cycle lane near the roundabout.

• A sharper, better defined cross over point for vehicles wanting to cross the cycle lane to get into the left filter lane.

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